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9/3/2008



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

UP sets PRB train loading records in August


Last month, Union Pacific Railroad loaded a record 1,190 trains in the southern Powder River Basin (PRB), surpassing the previous high of 1,174 trains achieved in July.

On Aug. 10, the Class I loaded 50 trains on the joint line — a PRB route UP shares with BNSF Railway Co. — establishing a new one-day record. The previous high of 46 trains was set on Nov. 29, 2007.

In August, a total of 2,197 trains were loaded on the joint line, reaching a new high-water mark. In addition, train loadings reached 81 on Aug. 16 and daily loadings averaged 70.9 trains, setting new records.

During 2008's first eight months, UP loaded 8,712 trains in the southern PRB, up 5.8 percent compared with the total from the same 2007 period. Joint line loadings rose 4.5 percent.


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